100 Years Ago — 1918
Sunday morning one of the mail sacks thrown off No. 2 bounded back under the wheels. About half the Sunday Spokesman-Review were cut into bits and strewn along the track between the depot and the Priest River bridge.
90 Years Ago — 1928
Dalkena land purchased
A recreation ground and landing field is now assured for Priest River in the purchasing of a 4-acre tract of land from the Dalkena Lumber Co. Deed for the land was turned over to the committee in charge on payment of $850, after deducting the donation of $150 made by the Dalkena people. The deed will be handed over to the Village of Priest River with stipulations agreeable to the Commercial Club, which has sponsored the movement. Harvey Wright is sponsoring a benefit dance, the entire proceeds of which will be used for the improvement of the recreation land. A $5 prize will be offered that night for the most appropriate name for the field.
80 Years Ago — 1938
Trip to improve herd made
Frank H. Anselmo left on a trip into Canada where he will attend the sale of imported cattle at the Prince of Wales Ranch on High River, Alberta.
70 Years Ago — 1948
Hospital head resigns
Mrs. Bob Fossum has resigned her position as superintendent of the Priest River Hospital effective Oct. 1. Mr. and Mrs. Fossum will move to Sandpoint where he is employed.
60 Years Ago — 1958
Two-day trip to pick up groceries
Reminiscing by W. H. Shaw: “Time was when Mr. Sanborn, an early resident, would make a two-day trip by team to Rathdrum and Post Falls to pick up groceries and flour. Mr. Sanborn would ferry his team and wagon across the Pend Oreille River at Thama and then go cross country. Flour was 50 cents for a 50-pound sack. This was in 1981 before the Great Northern Railroad was built.”
50 Years Ago — 1968
Buck’s Hardware now Coast to Coast
Roger Gregory, owner of Buck’s Hardware, announced this week that he is now associated with Coast to Coast Stores, a fact proclaimed by a shiny new yellow name plate on the building. He added that all Coast to Coast stores are locally owned but nationally organized to provide chain store purchasing power.
40 Years Ago — 1978
Zoning law gets first reading
The Priest River City Council gave the first reading on a proposed ordinance for establishing a planning and zoning commission, which would be the first step toward developing a comprehensive framework for future development of the city.
30 Years Ago — 1988
Times puts on new face
The Times is taking on a cleaner, bolder, more streamlined appearance. The changes — from the nameplate on down to the photo captions — are designed to make the paper more readable. This new face will be consistent with the Sunday Priest River Times put forth by the North Idaho News Network, which includes the Times staff.
20 Years Ago — 1998
Tara Miller, known to many in the area as their Spokesman-Review carrier, won a brand-new Ford F150 pickup truck Sept. 26 in the Idaho Lottery Bucks ‘N Trucks Grand Prize Drawing held at UltraTouch Car Wash in Meridian, Idaho. The drawing was the culmination of the two-month-long second chance drawing involving the lottery’s popular scratch game.
10 Years Ago — 2008
Man holds up pharmacy
Just after lunchtime, a man wielding a hand gun held up White Cross Pharmacy for an undetermined amount of drugs, according to Priest River Police Chief Ray Roberts. He is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot, 9-inches and weighing about 150 pounds. According to Roberts. “White Cross employees handled the situation very well.”